Shock horror! – Bouldy backs Arsene Wenger!

Steve Bould didn’t say much of anything in the Arsenal press conference this morning, and the media didn’t help by asking pretty innocuous questions. I can’t imagine what they expected him to say when asked about Arsene Wenger. He is hardly going to say that he think’s that Wenger’s time is up and has no idea how to coach the team any more!

Here is the transcipt of Bould’s words according to

on the boss’ mentality in the face of criticism…
I admire him immensely. He takes unbelievable stick off an awful lot of people and he’s just one of the great managers. It’s a pleasure for me to sit next to him.

on if the boss has been treated fairly…
I’m not here to answer those kind of questions. I’m sitting in for the Stoke game. I’d much prefer you to concentrate on football if possible.

on if that’s all connected…
I understand that he’s doing a great job, as far as I’m concerned and has done a great job for an awfully long time.

on whether Wenger’s desire to win is as strong as ever…
Absolutely. He’s remarkable. Behind closed doors I’ve never known someone who’s as hungry and determined to win football games. It’s as big as I’ve ever seen, for sure.

So some real ground-breaking observations there from Bouldy, you may as well have asked him if he liked getting millions of Pounds from Arsenal for sitting on a bench and nodding his head every now and then.

What would you say!

Darren N


  1. gotanidea says:

    Arteta also always says good things about Guardiola in public and Mourinho’s/ Pochettino’s/ Klopp’s assistants do the same thing in public. Trying to oppose your team leader, group head or manager in the media means you are ready to get your ass kicked

    It is normal that someone like Bould or Pat Rice is enjoying their huge salaries monthly, but it is a pity because Bould used to be a great Arsenal player and not a hack like Wenger or Mourinho. It is Wenger that has to move to another club immediately, because his ideas are already obsolete for Arsenal

    1. Semon gunner says:

      Wenger needs to be respected. He already proved . It’s not working for him right now . From outside we can speak …
      Next manager we don’t know his performance?????

      Wenger is always great !!! Hope he goes in good note .

      1. Angus says:

        To be fair arteta/van persie/nasri (who has slated other managers regularly with no care) also publicly back Wenger. Lets get real. It’s time for a change because Wenger has had a legit bad 2 years (assuming we don’t we dont win the europa) and in the current environment media/social media it becomes poisonous (the longer wenger out trend is stupid and i gave up a long time ago speaking to people who think we are real madrid with their money and history.) There is not a professional that worked under wenger that thinks he is anything that the usual wenger out brigade claim on here because he’s not kronke as bad as he is would never have stood for it. Outside of sanchez…maybe the rest left because of the lack of board ambition (its been documented, if you care to look, multiple times how wenger has pushed for transfers/higher wages and been kicked back.) In an ideal world Wenger leaves in the summer gets the PSG job and the debate gets put to bed one way or another and Arsenal move one with a fanbase that hopefully actually gets behind the team and doesnt get sucked into media bs which suggest we’ve done worse that liverpool in the last 20 years (the team with more history and money that should of taken the 4th spot behind the other 3.)

  2. Phil says:

    Let’s face it.He could hardly sit in a press conference and start slagging off Wenger could he?He just said the same old rhetoric and sound bites we have heard down the years from all of Wengers assistants and coaches on the few occasions they are let off the leashes that all his lap dogs have around their necks.And this from a Club Legend ( like Pat Rice before him ).
    The press could have written their articles and sent them to press without the need for Bould to be there.That is how predictable it all is.Its like the Wenger Boys Club.A job for as long as he’s there as long as they do what he wants.

    1. Me says:

      Bould is not a club legend.
      Bould is a gutless yes man with his head up Wenger’s arse..
      No respect for him at all…

      1. Phil says:

        That’s the disappointing issue.He WAS a club legend as a player.Weve had world class centre backs at this club over the years and as a player Steve Bould is up there in most people’s opinion.Now he’s happy to sit back and do what?When Wenger goes Bould will go too.Can you seriously believe he will get another offer in Club Management?Never in a million years

        1. Angus says:

          Doesn’t agree with me = not a legend never mind he played for club and now coaches for the club but you a fan deserve more respect. Get out of here, you can disagree but dont disrespect him given he’s given more to the club than you ever have (@me)

          1. Angus says:

            Fans like you are the reason i stopped going to home games.

          2. Phil says:

            Well he’s really given a lot for the club as Wengers assistant hasn’t he?Still if there was a world championship for chewing gum while sitting on a bench looking as though he would rather be anywhere else then he would romp home.
            As for not going to games because of fans LIKE ME then you need to seriously get yourself a life pal.

  3. Phil says:

    Who is Darren?

    1. Phil says:

      Oh I’ve got it -he wrote the post..To be fair to him I’m not too sure what he’said to upset ANYONE here.His-article is mainly words from Bould.

      1. GB says:

        Yes but then he’s sarky with his comments, not nice. Ok if you don’t agree, just my take on him, as well as other posts.

  4. Gunner22 says:

    Bouldy spoke the truth. Off topic just see what Mourinho has done to pogba, shaw, darmien, etc. Luckily we didn’t go for him.

  5. John0711 says:

    Bould is embarrassing a yes man through and through he can go with the delusional one

    1. Angus says:

      You’ve clearly done more than Bould to help the club?

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  7. Me says:

    A massive hunger to win games?
    Shame it doesn’t rub off on his team who for the most part have no passion whatsoever.
    I am tired of this crap.
    Every year we hear this same rubbish.
    I could not give a shit about “hunger”
    I don’t care about “pep” talks and “taking a deep look at themselves”
    They are 33 points behind City because they could not give a toss.
    They didn’t win the league cup because they didn’t turn up – because they didn’t give a toss
    They were beaten by Forest because they didn’t give a toss.
    This team just doesn’t give a toss and the reason is because they have a clown for a manager..
    This b*stard is going to die before he moves on…

  8. Ken 1945 says:

    Here’s a thought.
    Bould answered the questions he was asked by the media.
    Not sure why anything other than that should be read into this.
    Unless of course they see it as an opportunity to blame Wenger….and guess what?
    Here we go again with the same old waffle.
    I thought we might have discussed exactly what Bould is contributing to the club in his role?
    Why our defence shows none of the organisation compared to the one Bould was a part of?
    Should he, or any other part of the present set up, be part of the future managerial team once Wenger is replaced?
    If so why?
    If not why?
    Even to ask how much chewing gum he gets through in a game?
    Never mind, let’s get on with the same old same old rhetoric.

    1. Angus says:

      Most people don’t have brains, plain and simple.

      1. Break-on-through says:

        Bould advocating for Wenger is akin to backing himself in his own post. He is not gonna argue with Wenger, certainly not on a media device. I would have liked if the interviewer had asked questions tailored to suit Bould’s work, …How much time do you get alone with the team/defenders/a player?. Do they ask you for your advice when targeting young CB’s?, if yes, Who is the latest CB you advocated for?. What did you and the rest of the famous five think about on zonal marking?, Would you zonal mark if you managed a team one day?.Can you teach the old offside trap to this group of players?, How come we don’t see them step forward and raise arm at same time?. What would Adams have done or said in this situation? ..Journo shows him a clip of Mert ducking from the ball or other ones just like it from different players. Then ask him, do Arsenal players even practice tackling, intercepting, shape and shutting space out?, Do we practice defending or is it all, the ball, all day long.

  9. Tim says:

    Supporters are in for a rude awakening when Wenger goes. It’ not going to suddenly be all sunshine and starlight .

    1. clam says:

      Can’t agree more, Tim.

      1. Gab says:

        Does it really matters? we have been no where for sometime now.

        1. Break-on-through says:

          I reckon Allegri would get us back into CL because he knows how to drill a defence. Id expect us then to slowly make some ground in the second season and if we get him the players he wants instead of runner up targets, I believe Arsenal would be talked about as a challenger again. I don’t feel the same with Ancelotti, we might improve or we might need to scrap a fair bit of staff, not sure what I’d expect. Simeone, I see CL football, similar reasoning to Allegri, but not sure if we’d score enough goals to beat a confident city to a title or a big spending manu under a new manager. Lowe, I reckon international football might suit him better, he wont have the advantage of having the best group of players bar none when he won for Germany. He has a bad club record. Sarri, I see Klopp like philosophy under him, haven’t seen enough from him to differentiate, but Napoli look sexy at times.

          I’d expect teething problems no matter who we bring in, even Pep without money monopoly showed difficulties. Conte done brilliant, but then he complained about not having enough backing in the transfer market. He was right, Pep and Mourinho made it so that more had to be done.

  10. Ozziegunner says:

    As stated above, Steve Bould answered the questions posed to him in a diplomatic manner. As he stated it is a pleasure for him to sit next to Arsene Wenger; however I hope he realizes that based on his performance in coaching defense, with a change in manager the gravy train ends.

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